Organizations in Medford and Ashland are planning free community meals this week.

Organizations in Medford and Ashland are planning free community meals this week.

On Thursday, Medford's Gospel Mission, 125 W. Jackson St., offers a holiday meal from 12:30 to 5 p.m. (This time has been corrected.) Details are at 779-1597.

Also Thursday, Red Rock Italian Eatery, 17 W. Fourth St., Medford, will offer a free community dinner of spaghetti with marinara sauce, breadsticks and coffee from 4 to 6 p.m. It is for anyone "who might need some company or a hot meal," organizers say. Details are at 773-6840.

On Friday, Christmas Day, Ashland Community Fellowship offers its annual community dinner from noon to 4 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory, Oak and B streets. Details are at 482-8539, and rides to the event can be arranged by calling ahead.

Also Friday, Kids Unlimited offers its Feed the Valley dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. at Kids Unlimited, 821 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. Santa will hand out gifts for children, and kids can make gingerbread houses.

— Staff reports